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International Space Station

  1. Two Women Soon to Be on ISS Long-Term Crew for Only the Second Time in History

    Today in good news.

    Samantha Cristoforetti, Italy's first female astronaut, will blast off this weekend to join the ISS crew, including Russian cosmonaut Elana Serova, in orbit. That will make this only the second time in the space station's 16 years of operation that two women have been on its six-member crew at the same time.

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  2. Unmanned Antares Rocket Explodes Just After Launch To International Space Station

    Writes NASA, "A mishap occurred shortly after liftoff. Orbital has declared a contingency. NASA and Orbital are still determining when a press conference will be held."

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  3. The ISS Astronaut Expedition 42 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Poster Is the Meaning of Life

    Deep Thought was right!

    Maybe we should have paid closer attention when the most intelligent beings on the planet (astronauts) started heading off to outer space.

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  4. Hubble Program Admits Double Standard, Journalists Concerned About Female Cosmonaut’s Hair

    One small step for man, two giant leaps back. One small step, two leaps back.

    In space, no one can hear your bias, but on Earth you better check your privilege.

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  5. The ISS Is Getting Its First Ever Female Cosmonaut Crew Member Tomorrow

    Soyuz better be excited!

    See that person on the right of this picture Commander Chris Hadfield tweeted out this morning? That's Russian Cosmonaut Elena Olegovna Serova, and tomorrow afternoon, she's joining Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev and Flight Engineer Barry Wilmore (both also pictured) as they make their way into space for the 41st Expedition to the International Space Station. There, she'll become the first female Russian cosmonaut to ever board the ISS.

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  6. The International Space Station Gets A 3D Printer And A Crew Of Mousetronauts

    "Astromice" is probably more accurate, but the other has a better mouth feel.

    All together now: MICE...IN...SPAAAAAAACE!

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  7. This Definitive Spaceship Sizing Chart Will Blow Your Mind In Less Than Twelve Parsecs

    They're tore up plenty, but they'll fly true.

    Honorary space cowboy Dirk Loechel has just completed a mind-blowingly comprehensive 4,268 x 5,690-pixel chart that demonstrates the comparative size of virtually every beloved ship in all of sci-fi.

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  8. Astronauts Make Long Distance Calls From ISS To Elementary School Students

    Space: the most adorable frontier

    Wanna get children into science? Talking about it with them is a good start. Of course, if you're an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station, odds are you're going to get the kids' attentions a lot quicker than their parents or teachers can.

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  9. Today In Shut-The-Front-Door News, Cosmonauts Report Finding Microorganisms In Space

    This should shut that upstart Rosetta up.

    We need more GIFs of Mulder and Scully high-fiving: Russian news agency ITAR-TASS reports that cosmonauts have found microorganisms on the exterior of the International Space Station.

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  10. ISS Astronauts Tweet a Bunch of Pictures of Massive Typhoon Neoguri

    TL;DR: Astronauts are great at Twitter. Storms make us feel small.

    Whenever there's a big weather event, you can count on the astronauts aboard the International Space Station to send out some pretty amazing pictures to put it into perspective. Although, unlike when you try to put a bad day into perspective, putting a hurricane or a typhoon into perspective mostly just makes them look even scarier and more awe inspiring. More after the jump.

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